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wintergoddessDec. 18th, 2006 06:15 pm

I just finished Ella Enchanted and Lies My Teacher Told Me. Ella Enchanted was enjoyable, but at a lower reading level than I expected. Lies My Teacher Told Me was hard to get into at first, but once the semester ended I read half the book in two days. I enjoyed the end. Loewen concluded that Social Studies classes only make the pupil more stupid.

I've just begun Dracula. Any spoiler-less opinions? Any reading buddies?

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wintergoddessDec. 18th, 2006 06:13 pm bookmooch.com

My mom and I signed up for bookmooch.com. I now am faced with the decision of which book to mooch. I can't decide between The Time Traveler's Wife, Life of Pi, and Middlesex. Any opinions?

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origami_violetDec. 7th, 2006 02:56 am Look, Jenny, I'm using your community!

I haven't had loads of time to read for pleasure this semester and intend to make up for this over break.  A tentative list includes:

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Siddhartha - Herman Hesse

Has anyone read these and how were they?  Other recommmendations?

Current Mood: exhaustedNowadays I even put off sleep.
Current Music: I Won't Be Left - Tegan and Sara

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wintergoddessOct. 11th, 2006 10:24 pm

Some interesting links for anyone interested in publishing....or simply to future of the book:

http://www.eink.com/products/matrix/High_Res.html browsing this one is insane

What are your thoughts? E-book readers, Electronic Paper display, and books: What are the pros and cons of each? What do you think it would take for an electronic form to make the book obsolete?

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origami_violetSep. 8th, 2006 01:08 am books

4 Texts on Socrates is a required Honors seminar book, and it is pretty interesting so far. It consists of three things Plato wrote and something by Aristophanes and deals with, as you might imagine, the teachings etc. of Socrates. While it's not the sort of thing I'd usually pick up, I'm enjoying it. It's worth reading if you are interested in philosophy and such.

Genome by Matt Ridley is a book about human genetics and whatnot. I really love the material and he does a decent job of being clear, although if you're not well-versed in biology jargon, some parts are kind of confusing. The writing isn't the most lively and exciting that I've ever encountered, but it's not terrible. I'm about halfway through. Recommended if you like science.

An Alchemy of Mind by Dianne Ackermann is REALLY cool - it's basic brain physiology, but with pretty descriptions and artistic writing. She manages to explain things clearly at the same time. Combination of art and science - very profound etc. I just finished this one. Recommended if you are interested in biopsychology and the like.

Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins has some of the most exquisitely lovely descriptions ever and I'm in love with the writing style. I'm only about fiftyish pages in, but I'm already fond of it. The plot is pretty slow, though, so even though I really like the writing it's taking me a long time to get through it. I do want to finish it, though. It's very odd, and it's definitely worth reading. So far. It might turn out to be terrible.

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Current Music: Luka - Suzanne Vega

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wintergoddessSep. 5th, 2006 01:09 pm

Now that we are all going back to school I thought we could compare our required readings.

I'm currently reading Influence: Science and Practice by Robert Cialdini. The title is pretty self explanitory. I highly recommend it. Cialdini has a very conversational tone to his writing, it is easy to read.

I'm also reading Race in North America: Origin and Evolution of a Worldview by Audrey Smedley. Interesting topic, bland writing. The vocabulary is over the top. It isn't necessary to use a big word when a small word will do, and sometimes work better because it won't need to be qualified or explained.....I don't recommend it...I think if you read the first chapter you get the idea.

Any interesting textbooks out there?

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verystrangenameAug. 20th, 2006 10:27 pm Nobody posts... U_U

I am on page fifty of House of Leaves. I speculate that I shall finish it by my seventieth birthday.

In other news... Gertrude Stein and Thurber are both amusing, and so I recommend them to the world. I also recommend Girl With a Pearl Earring. It's a narrative of the model for Vermeer's painting. Er... on a lighter note, Patricia Briggs is always good fun. I think the Hob Bargain is one of my favorites.

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origami_violetJul. 21st, 2006 10:54 pm Book recs, etc.

I have just finished rereading Wasted by Marya Hornbacher.   It's a memoir type thing about Marya's struggle with severe eating disorders and it's eloquent and powerful and interesting and excellent all around - I highly recommend it.  It's one of my all-time favorites.

Before that, I finished The Waves by Virginia Woof and I highly recommend that, too, and have to second Jenny's opinion on it being a very hard book to analyze without revealing anything about oneself.  Also a favorite of mine now.  Yay, etc.

And I'm halfway through We The Living by Ayn Rand, and it's quite excellent, too, although I haven't finished it so I can't say for sure. I might hate it by the end. 

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verystrangenameJul. 18th, 2006 07:21 pm

A light, floofy read is Crown Duel and Court Duel by Sherwood Smith. I read them for the first time when I was younger and it may be that I am simply attached to them because of that, but it might be worth a try for anyone looking for fun reads. I speak particularly to Megan because the main character is a hot-tempered red head who is convinced that she is stupid.

To be fair, the character in the book does kind of act stupid, er....

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wintergoddessJul. 11th, 2006 11:25 am Book Business

I read Book Business, a book about publishing, while I was on vacation and I thought you all might appreciate some interesting quotes from it.

"When I became a publisher it was my undergraduate encounter with books that I wanted to share with the world. I believed and still do that the democratic ideal is a permanent and inconclusive Socratic seminar in which we all learn from one another. The publisher;s job is to supply the necessary readings" (56).

"There were still thousands of privately owned bookshops in cities and town everywhere...To linger in these shops for an hour or two was a bibliographic adventure amid the scent of bindings, where the accrued wisdom of the species was for sale, lined up on shelves alphabetically within the categories of thought" (100-101).

"I agreed, however, with Marxists that technological changes-what Marx called changes in the form of production-produce changes in consciousness" (151).

"He [Norbert Wiener] predicted that reference books, which are out of date the moment they are published, would no longer be supplied in bound volumes but would be kept up to date by new information from central data banks." (149-150). This part reminded me of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

"According to the law [the second law of thermodynamics] both dust and atmosphere will eventually devolve into random molecules, which will deteriorate in turn until all energy has flowed from the system and all temperature is uniform...The metaphor that Wiener used to illustrate the second law was the salmon swimming upriver to spawn new life. As the river flows into the sea and loses its identity along with its distinctive temperature, the salmon fights its way upstream, temporarily creating new meaning, new order, new life. Though the salmon will eventually return to the sea and die, its struggle stands for the temporary victory of life, art, and mortality over the vast force arrayed against it. The salmon is Wiener's hero" (147-149).

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